In recognition of the vital role played by the volunteer vigilantes group popularly known as Civilian JTF in the fight against insurgency in the North-East of the country, the army has confirmed that they are being absorbed into the service after a careful screening.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, stated this on Thursday when he featured alongside the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar on NTA Good Morning Nigeria breakfast show.
He said: “Having seen the important role played by the Civilian JTF, it is better to recruit them formally than to allow them become nuisance after the war.”
He, however, said that they were made to undergo formal initial military training like other recruits before induction to war front.
Speaking on: ‘Nigerian Military: Fighting on many fronts’, the Army Chief said notwithstanding the sundry military operations being undertaken by the military simultaneously in different parts of the country, Boko Haram have been substantially degraded and currently thrive on propaganda.
He said the Federal Government has demonstrated political will to end insurgency by providing the initial take-off grant of 100, 000 million dollars to the Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF), which accounts for the successes recorded in recent times.
Buratai, who spoke on the successes of the war since the marching order by President Buhari, said that over 100 officers and men wounded in action are currently receiving treatment in different hospitals abroad.
He also announced that the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Kaduna is being overhauled as part of efforts to ensure self- sufficiency in the design and production of military hardware and reduce the perennial over-dependence on importation.